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World J Gastroenterol. Jul 14, 2018; 24(26): 2806-2817
Published online Jul 14, 2018. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v24.i26.2806
Current clinical management of gastrointestinal stromal tumor
Kazuya Akahoshi, Masafumi Oya, Tadashi Koga, Yuki Shiratsuchi
Kazuya Akahoshi, Yuki Shiratsuchi, Department of Gastroenterology, Aso Iizuka Hospital, Iizuka 820-8505, Japan
Masafumi Oya, Department of Pathology, Aso Iizuka Hospital, Iizuka 820-8505, Japan
Tadashi Koga, Department of Surgery, Aso Iizuka Hospital, Iizuka 820-8505, Japan
Author contributions: Akahoshi K wrote the paper; and Oya M, Koga T and Shiratsuchi Y revised the manuscript for final submission.
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Correspondence to: Kazuya Akahoshi, MD, PhD, Chief Doctor, Department of Gastroenterology, Aso Iizuka Hospital, 3-83 Yoshio Town, Iizuka 820-8505, Japan.
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Received: March 28, 2018
Peer-review started: March 28, 2018
First decision: May 9, 2018
Revised: June 3, 2018
Accepted: June 22, 2018
Article in press: June 22, 2018
Published online: July 14, 2018
Core Tip

Core tip: Potentially malignant gastrointestinal stromal tumors are the most common subepithelial lesions (SELs) of the gastrointestinal tract. SELs include a broader range of differential diagnoses from benign to malignant lesions. The possibility of having a malignant lesion may cause anxiety and discomfort in patients and gastroenterologists. Early and accurate diagnosis of SELs using endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) and/or EUS-guided fine needle aspiration is vital to guide selection of early appropriate management.